Definitions for tonguetʌŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tonguetʌŋ(n.; v.)tongued, tongu•ing.

  1. (n.)a movable organ in the floor of the mouth, functioning in tasting, eating, and, in humans, speaking.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the tongue of an animal, as an ox or sheep, used for food, often prepared by smoking or pickling.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the faculty or power of speech.

  4. manner or character of speech:

    a flattering tongue.

  5. the language of a particular people, region, or nation.

  6. (in the Bible) a people or nation distinguished by its language.

  7. tongues, speech, often incomprehensible, typically uttered during moments of religious ecstasy.

    Category: Religion, Language/Linguistics

  8. a strip of leather or other material under the lacing or fastening of a shoe.

    Category: Clothing

  9. a piece of metal suspended inside a bell that strikes against the side, producing a sound; clapper.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. a vibrating reed or similar structure in a musical instrument.

    Category: Music and Dance

  11. the pole extending from a carriage or other vehicle between the animals drawing it.

  12. a projecting strip along the center of the edge of a board, for fitting into a groove in another board.

    Category: Building Trades

  13. a narrow strip of land extending into a body of water; cape.

    Category: Geography (places)

  14. the pin of a buckle, brooch, etc.

    Category: Jewelry

  15. (v.t.)to articulate (tones played on a clarinet, trumpet, etc.) by strokes of the tongue.

    Category: Music and Dance

  16. to cut a tongue on (a board). to join or fit together by a tongue-and-groove joint.

    Category: Building Trades

  17. to touch with the tongue.

  18. to articulate or pronounce.

  19. Archaic. to reproach or scold. to speak or utter.

  20. (v.i.)to tongue tones played on a clarinet, trumpet, etc.

    Category: Music and Dance

  21. to project like a tongue.

Idioms for tongue:

  1. at or on the tip of one's or the tongue, on the verge of being said. eluding the memory but about to be recalled:

    The answer is on the tip of my tongue.

    Category: Idiom

  2. give tongue, (of a hound in fox hunting) to bay while following a scent.

    Category: Idiom, Sport

  3. give tongue to, to utter; speak.

    Category: Idiom

  4. hold one's tongue, to remain silent; refrain from speaking.

    Category: Idiom

  5. (with) tongue in cheek, as a joke; ironically.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tongue:

bef. 900; (n.) ME tunge, OE, c. OFris tunge, OS, ON tunga, OHG zunga, Go tuggo


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tongue, lingua, glossa, clapper(noun)

    a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity

  2. natural language, tongue(noun)

    a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language

  3. tongue, knife(noun)

    any long thin projection that is transient

    "tongues of flame licked at the walls"; "rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"

  4. tongue(noun)

    a manner of speaking

    "he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue"

  5. spit, tongue(noun)

    a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea

  6. tongue(noun)

    the tongue of certain animals used as meat

  7. tongue(noun)

    the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot

  8. clapper, tongue(verb)

    metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side

  9. tongue(verb)

    articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments

  10. tongue(verb)

    lick or explore with the tongue

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tongue(noun)ʌŋ

    the long soft thing in your mouth

    Your tongue helps you speak and eat.

  2. tongueʌŋ

    a language

    a foreign tongue


  1. tongue(Noun)

    The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech.

  2. tongue(Noun)

    A language.

    He was speaking in his native tongue.

  3. tongue(Noun)


  4. tongue(Noun)

    In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth.

  5. tongue(Noun)

    Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.

  6. tongue(Noun)

    An individual point of flame from a fire.

  7. tongue(Verb)

    On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive).

  8. tongue(Verb)

    to kiss involving the touching of both tongues, and/or licking.

  9. tongue(Verb)

    To manipulate with the tongue.

    Playing wind instruments involves tonguing on the reed or mouthpiece.

  10. Origin: From tonge, tunge, tung, from tunge, from tungōn (compare Dutch tong, German Zunge, Swedish tunga), from dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s (compare Irish teanga, Latin lingua, Tocharian A/B känt/kantwo, Lithuanian liežùvis, Polish język 'language, tongue', Armenian լեզու, Sanskrit जिह्वा).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tongue(noun)

    an organ situated in the floor of the mouth of most vertebrates and connected with the hyoid arch

  2. Tongue(noun)

    the power of articulate utterance; speech

  3. Tongue(noun)

    discourse; fluency of speech or expression

  4. Tongue(noun)

    honorable discourse; eulogy

  5. Tongue(noun)

    a language; the whole sum of words used by a particular nation; as, the English tongue

  6. Tongue(noun)

    speech; words or declarations only; -- opposed to thoughts or actions

  7. Tongue(noun)

    a people having a distinct language

  8. Tongue(noun)

    the lingual ribbon, or odontophore, of a mollusk

  9. Tongue(noun)

    the proboscis of a moth or a butterfly

  10. Tongue(noun)

    the lingua of an insect

  11. Tongue(noun)

    any small sole

  12. Tongue(noun)

    that which is considered as resembing an animal's tongue, in position or form

  13. Tongue(noun)

    a projection, or slender appendage or fixture; as, the tongue of a buckle, or of a balance

  14. Tongue(noun)

    a projection on the side, as of a board, which fits into a groove

  15. Tongue(noun)

    a point, or long, narrow strip of land, projecting from the mainland into a sea or a lake

  16. Tongue(noun)

    the pole of a vehicle; especially, the pole of an ox cart, to the end of which the oxen are yoked

  17. Tongue(noun)

    the clapper of a bell

  18. Tongue(noun)

    a short piece of rope spliced into the upper part of standing backstays, etc.; also. the upper main piece of a mast composed of several pieces

  19. Tongue(noun)

    same as Reed, n., 5

  20. Tongue(verb)

    to speak; to utter

  21. Tongue(verb)

    to chide; to scold

  22. Tongue(verb)

    to modulate or modify with the tongue, as notes, in playing the flute and some other wind instruments

  23. Tongue(verb)

    to join means of a tongue and grove; as, to tongue boards together

  24. Tongue(verb)

    to talk; to prate

  25. Tongue(verb)

    to use the tongue in forming the notes, as in playing the flute and some other wind instruments


  1. Tongue

    The tongue is a muscular hydrostat on the floors of the mouths of most vertebrates which manipulates food for mastication. It is the primary organ of taste, as much of the upper surface of the tongue is covered in papillae and taste buds. It is sensitive and kept moist by saliva, and is richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. In humans a secondary function of the tongue is phonetic articulation. The tongue also serves as a natural means of cleaning one's teeth. The ability to perceive different tastes is not localised in different parts of the tongue, as is widely believed. This error arose because of misinterpretation of some 19th-century research.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An unruly member that is frequently put out, yet an artist who's a hard worker at the palate and a great wag among women.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tongue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3897

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tongue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4325

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tongue' in Nouns Frequency: #1451

Translations for tongue

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the fleshy organ inside the mouth, used in tasting, swallowing, speaking etc

The doctor looked at her tongue.

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